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Victoria

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  • The Dressmaker: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kate Alcott
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (203)

    Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy.

    Victoria says: "Good story, awful narrator"
    "Good story, awful narrator"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator's intonation and way of reading is very distracting. I could not get past the first 15 minutes. I tried, I wanted to get immersed into the story, which is very good, but found Duerden's delivery frustrating.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

    Absolutely not. I will avoid wasting a credit on a book read by her.


    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Bees: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Laline Paull
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen.

    Katrina says: "A very unique story"
    "Dragged on"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Bees? What did you like least?

    The complexity of bee life was interesting, but this book took WAY longer than it should have. I skipped through a lot because it got extremely repetitive and predictable. I found myself thinking "WTF did I just listen to" about many of the passages, and overall found it to be a drag. The author tried really hard to create this mystery and tension, but it ended up failing. If I could, I would have skipped over a huge chunk of the middle. I found myself asking a lot of questions and not getting many answers or explanations.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There is only so much excitement that one can create with bees.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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